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[siz-mat-ik, skiz-] /sɪzˈmæt ɪk, skɪz-/
Also, schismatical. of, relating to, or of the nature of schism; guilty of schism.
a person who promotes schism or is an adherent of a schismatic body.
Origin of schismatic
1350-1400; < Late Latin schismaticus < Greek schismatikós (see schism, -ic); replacing Middle English scismatik < Middle French scismatique < Late Latin, as above
Related forms
schismatically, adverb
schismaticalness, noun
nonschismatic, adjective
nonschismatical, adjective
unschismatic, adjective
unschismatical, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for schismatic
Historical Examples
  • It is claimed by China and by Europe, and the whole universe is schismatic on the subject.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • Moses was but an Egyptian schismatic, Christianity is but a reformed Judaism.

  • It is the "schismatic" within the camp on whom some Jael falls with a hammer and a nail.

    Judges and Ruth Robert A. Watson
  • In the course of his speech he spoke of the king as a "heretic and schismatic."

    Joan of Arc Laura E. Richards
  • When he called the King of France "heretic and schismatic" she interrupted him at once to contradict.

    The Story of Rouen Sir Theodore Andrea Cook
  • In Russia he had endeavored to win over the schismatic Greek.

  • The schismatic weakness of the theistic movement did not reach its consummation in this last division.

  • In 1511 he attended the schismatic council of Pisa as a theologian.

    The Browning Cyclopdia Edward Berdoe
  • The then Caliph was foolish enough to appeal for assistance against the schismatic seditionists to his Mongol neighbours.

    Pan-Islam George Wyman Bury
  • Isidore, St., declares that whoever does not obey Peter is a schismatic, 113.

British Dictionary definitions for schismatic


/skɪzˈmætɪk; sɪz-/
of, relating to, or promoting schism
a person who causes schism or belongs to a schismatic faction
Derived Forms
schismatically, adverb
schismaticalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for schismatic

late 14c. (n.); mid-15c. (adj.), from Old French scismatique (Modern French schismatique), from Church Latin schismaticus, from Greek skhismatikos, from schisma (see schism). Used also as a noun in Old French and Late Latin. Related: Schismatical; schismatically.

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